HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — DECEMBER 12, 2017 — Bob Marlette is a multi-talented, multi-tasking musician, arranger and producer with a list of credits longer than John Bonham’s drum solo for Moby Dick. Going back to playing keyboards for Al Stewart on 24 Carrots in 1980, Marlette has produced, engineered, mixed, sung and played keyboards, synthesizer, drums, bass, organ, strings, mellotron and other instruments for everyone from Alice Cooper to Rob Zombie: Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Quiet Riot, Tracy Chapman, Sebastian Bach, John Wetton, Laura Branigan, Krokus, The Storm and two dozen other artists and bands.
Marlette is best-known for his work with rock and metal bands. He engineered/produced/mixed Saliva’s Grammy-nominated album Every Six Seconds and did the same for Black Sabbath’s Reunion and Seether’s platinum-selling Disclaimer II.
With almost 40-years experience, Bob’s career is still going strong and he is proud to share his experience and knowledge with Produce Like a Pro.
Bob’s three-hour mixing course includes:
• How to achieve more clarity, punch, excitement and emotion in the mix.
• Bob’s unique approach to mixing hard-hitting rock drums.
• How to mold multiple layers of heavy guitars and synths and mix vocals that cut through a dense rock mix.
• How to use effects creatively to take your song to another dimension.
• The secrets to dealing with ‘thin’ rock vocals- make them cut through the mix and compete with heavy guitars and aggressive drums.
• Shaping rock vocals to stay ‘present.’ Add dimension and space with effects – without sacrificing clarity or aggression.
• It is written: ‘In mixing, the low-end is what separates the men from the boys.’ Marlette will demonstrate how to manage the low-end to achieve massive punch, definition and energy.
• Huge and impactful drums are key to rock and heavy metal records. Marlette shares his methods for mixing kicks and snares.
Bob Marlette doesn’t hold back or keep any secrets: He explains every step of the way in detail, so you can easily apply the same principles to your own music. He mixes 100% in the box, using plugins only. Which means you can apply these techniques and achieve the same results in your home studio.
For more information on Bob Marlette’s course, click here
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HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — NOVEMBER 21, 2017 — Protege is an original, pop-funk-rock album by singer songwriter Morris Mills. Richly “co-inspired by Prince”, it’s reminiscent rhythms and loveable lyrics, reverently saturate these seventeen, irresistibly danceable tracks. Bracketed by Prelude Ascension, The Call and The Interlude, weaving a thematic quality throughout these soulful, rock compositions. A wellspring of creativity overflows here, deliriously seducing us, one and all, conceived, composed and recorded in Morris’s studio, in Los Angeles, January 2017.
Consumed by his deep admiration for Prince, Morris embodies an unshakeable likeness. Protege “Waste of Time” is a nod to Prince’s “When You Were Mine”, contrasted with “Ghetto Black”, all about a reality TV stars’ grittier exploits. In all there are seventeen, equally funky-sexy tracks igniting this thematic album, playable start to finish.
Protege delivers androgynous vocals, funk-rock guitar licks, memorable keyboards, and cascading brass riffs, as in the heart-tugging ballad “Sunshine and Rain” filling the air with the synergy to move your body like you mean it!
Take a listen and see for yourself just how much Protege has earned its venerated place among the Minneapolis Sound inspired music.
Tour dates are planned for spring and summer of 2018, both California and national tours.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Press Corps) — Saturday, November 11th — Emmy award winning song writer, musician and inventor Peter Manning Robinson played a sold out performance at the mind bending performance space known as the Vortex Dome Los Angeles. This event was presented by Vortex Immersion Media and located at the LA Center Studios campus in downtown Los Angeles. This was a chance to experience Peter Manning Robinson’s Refractor Piano. The Refractor Piano is a life long passion project by Mr. Robinson. Without using any outside beats or samples, Peter creates original compositions that layer the piano’s sounds into an avant guard auditory experience that is unique and innovative. Peter’s performance on Saturday was rich in improvisation. Adding to the sounds of the grand piano were Hana Kim’s layered video images.
These images were projected into the dome which creates a 360 degree experience. Also on hand at the sold out event was Klaus Hoch. Klaus works closely with Peter on developing the Refractor Piano as well as being the creative director for the project.
Peter began each original composition with a short story of what the song was about. He spoke about how he came to write each piece and what the piece means to him. We were lucky to be in attendance of the rare American Composer. In the tradition of avant guard composers like Aaron Copland and Frank Zappa, Peter uses his Steinway piano to record and loop traditional playing, but also uses mallets to play directly on the strings themselves. Once a rhythm is made, Peter can play and layer classical and jazz style piano into this composition.
The first original composition of the night was very intense and urban called the “Iron Road.” Hana Kim’s visuals took us on a journey to a far away city where we seemed to endlessly drive through a city scape. Peter assembled a piece that showcased his playing ability and passion. The first piece was full of energy. The visuals and sounds hold the audience in a different place. The Vortex Dome Los Angeles allows you to look all around. Peter transcends a typical piano performance.
The second piece of the night featured owls. Peter spoke about the owl and its mythological significance to tribes. Peter spoke of his love for owls. He said he can refract the sounds of owls that live on his estate and play that refracted sound back to them! “Owls of the Night” was the piece that Peter created right in front of us. A bit more mysterious and subdued than “Iron Road,” I thought this piece really showed off the capabilities of the Refractor Piano. Hana Kim’s visuals were stunning. There was a combination of owls flying and owls looking into your soul. The owls seemed to move perfectly with the soundscapes that Peter created. This was a beautiful composition and the immersive Vortex Dome really added to Peter’s performance. Peter took the time between tunes to explain how he became a musical voyager. Listening to these stories set up the entire piece.
“Dancing in the Purple Sky” is a song that Peter created deep in the Kauai rainforests of Hawaii. Peter said that the tree frogs could create a sound that was 130 decibels. The song that Peter created is more of a straight piano tune. Its chords modulate up and down in a pleasant jazz pattern. This piece was one of my favorite tunes. If “Dancing in the Purple Sky” was my favorite straight piano piece, “Precipice” was my favorite Refractor Piano piece. “Precipice” is a piece that Peter wrote about the obstacle that people go through in their lives and how we overcome them.
Peter starts this piece with echoing high piano notes seeming to cascade down into a chasm. These sounds are paired together with notes that sound like cellos countering the downward spiral. This is an amazing piece of music created by a modern American composer. American composers are in short supply these days. It’s great to have a local Los Angeles composer who has crafted music for movies and TV among us and making music about the city and the world we all live in. During Saturday’s performance, Hana Kim’s 360 degree visuals were of escalators and other urban images layered over our heads like a digital circus performance.
The gritty tune called “O Guerreiro Espiritual” is an upbeat piano tune with a funky bass line. Peter glides through chromatic scales on his Steinway and seems to get the piano to release its voice from way up high to way down low. The Refractor Piano is an amazing invention that can be used so many different ways.
“Black Stone Paths” starts out with Peter creating a soundscape from tapping on the strings of the piano with mallets. Hana Kim’s visuals were also swirling in a 360 during at the start of this number. Peter mentioned that no two performances are ever the exact same with the Refractor Piano. Depending on the vibe at the venue, what time of year, how Peter is feeling, how the audience is feeling, etc, he creates in real time. Like a DJ stoking a nightclub crowd, Peter is composing, mixing and vibing from the energy. He, like the audience, sees the 360 degree visuals and the performance reflects these feelings.
“Fireflies in Orbit” is an amazing tune. The piano’s melody sounded Stravinsky like with a lower synthesizer bass-sounding line providing the rhythm. Hana Kim’s visual are not only things that look like firefly’s, but also what it might look like if you actually ARE a firefly. Once again the full range of the Refractor Piano can be heard on this piece. The Steinway got a full work out as highs and lows were refracted like a prism refracting glass. A full rainbow of sounds and music.
Watching a Peter Manning Robinson concert up close is a unique and inspiring experience. It was such a pleasure to listen and watch someone make music that is truly original and assemble that music right in front of you. If you get a chance to attend a Peter Manning Robinson concert, I highly recommend it.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — OCTOBER 30, 2017 — Pinkfong, a worldwide children’s entertainment company, today reported a huge milestone for digital consumption of its flagship video series, “Baby Shark.”
The series, which has spawned an international social media challenge, has been viewed 1 billion times worldwide to date, which amounts to more than 1.4 billion minutes of view time; equivalent to marathoning the “Harry Potter” movie series 1,258,000 times. In addition, the colorful and engaging “Baby Shark Dance” video, which inspired the eponymous challenge has achieved 400 million views, surpassing the views of 2016’s hit viral song “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen.”
Steadily gaining popularity across the globe, Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark” video has contributed to the explosive growth of the company’s YouTube channels, which have nearly 5 million subscribers cumulatively, doubling since May 2017. The English version of “Baby Shark” has gained 2.4 billion views since its launch, and reached 4 billion viewers across its channels.
Pinkfong’s cache of content includes 2,500 songs, stories and apps within its vast library. Its videos can be accessed on the App Store and Google Play, as well as on YouTube and Amazon Video.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — OCTOBER 27, 2017 — Paul Simon once sang: “These are the days of miracle and wonders,” and that applies to just about every facet of modern human life – from self-landing rockets to electric cars to producing music: Quality studio equipment has become more and more affordable, which makes it possible for home (or bedroom) studio recordists to produce great sounding tracks.
As an advocate for high quality, low cost recording equipment- Warren puts his money where is mouth is by achieving million-dollar results for only thousands of dollars.
To prove his point, Huart recently took a low-cost recording bundle to Sunset Sound – where Prince, The Rolling Stones and Whitney Houston recorded massive albums. Huart rocked up with his $4,300 worth of recording equipment and went head to head with the best of the best at Sunset Sound.
He is giving away this $4,300 bundle to one lucky engineer! Enter here
Working with guitarist Christian Vegh, Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, Whitesnake) on fretless bass and drummer Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax), Huart recorded a session comparing his four-figure equipment against Sunset Sound’s equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars:
· Audient iD14 interface & ASP800 preamp ($950 value) against Sunset Sound’s custom built console in Studio 3 (estimated value of 1 million dollars).
· 12 Lewitt microphones ($3,250 value) against Sunset’s beautiful mic collection of Neumann U67s, M49s and FET47s, AKGs and Sennheisers ($100,000 value)
· IK Multimedia AmpliTube 4 ($99 value)against the best amps & cabs Sunset has to offer ($10,000 value)
The results were amazing. It shows that for a fraction of the cost you can get incredible recordings. Watch the comparison here
Warren Huart knows his stuff, and now he is giving away this entire recording package ($4,300 value) to a lucky budding sound engineer. Enter the giveaway here
Jordan Cann and Aaron Thompson of J&S Film Productions are set to produce the much anticipated “Street Dreams.” This film is about an undercover cop from the streets of LA who overcomes racism, politics and opposition from those close to him to become a counterintelligence agent in the FBI. Production is slated for November 2017 and stars R&B superstar/writer Eric Bellinger (Usher, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), rapper/actress Siya (Dueces, Sisterhood of Hip Hop, Wyclef Jean), social media personality/actress, Jessica Vanessa and rapper Yung from Cali Swag District. This will be Cann and Thompson’s first major motion picture led by executive producer, Malik Delaigle of J&S Film Productions in association with multi-award winning filmmaker Romane Simon’s Lucky Strike Films. Simon is also the founder of the Lucky Strike Film Festival.
Cann, who is just months out of film school and Thompson who are no strangers to the film biz with several award-winning shorts along with dancing in music videos and commercials behind Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars. This film has an expected 2018 release. Cann and Thompson said, “It’s a huge step from our beginnings to make a project like this, but we are confident in our experience and talents to bring a game changing action drama, yet a heartfelt piece of work that audiences relate to…Maybe even Oscar worthy.”
HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — OCTOBER 13, 2017 — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) present the mainland concert premiere of GRAMMY Award winners Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho’s new album, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea. Following a sold-out 24-show tour in Japan and Hawaii earlier this year, Los Angeles audiences will be treated to two special events celebrating Gibson Guitar legend Matsumoto and ukulele virtuoso/multi-instrumentalist Ho’s debut album. First, the duo will kick off their mainland premiere with an intimate Q&A and exclusive live performance – An Evening With Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho – at the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm. Then, four days later, a sensational live concert experience – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – will rock JACCC’s Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The performance will start at 7:00pm, and tickets range from $39 for balcony seating to $49 for orchestra seating. For additional information on the artists’ debut collaborative album, please visit. Tickets to the GRAMMY event can be found here and tickets for the Aratani concert can be found here.
The prolific duo’s first project together – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – which was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, debuted at #1 in Japan upon its release on February 8, 2017. In a role-reversal, the album channels Ho’s inner rock star and Matsumoto’s love for the relaxing pace of Hawaii.
As Ho explains, it features an original collection of contemporary compositions rooted in the artists’ native cultures, “Our album is a musical convergence of our island cultures of Japan and Hawaii. We used traditional instruments like ‘ukulele, slack key guitar, ipu heke, taiko, sanshin, koto (June Kuramoto from the group Hiroshima recorded the koto parts) in our original music.” The almost entirely original, instrumental album sports one song with vocals by Ho, a cover of Journey’s ballad “Faithfully.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017) — The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to speak to musical artist Heather LaRose. Earlier this month, Heather dropped a new track on all platforms called Mixtape. Mixtape is pop music with a synth/electronic music backdrop. This is fun music that you might listen to at the gym or while driving your car. It’s been about two years since Heathers project “Beachside” came out. We wanted to ask her about her latest project called “Mixtape” and see what she’s been up to lately.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC); Could you tell us a little about Mixtape? How did you select this song for your latest musical release?
(HLR); I wrote Mixtape after my ex liked a photo of mine on Facebook, and then obsessively played a mix CD he made me the summer before. I’ve been writing a lot of new material about so many different experiences and feelings, but Mixtape just felt like the song I wanted to listen to right now. It’s my summer jam: high-energy and optimistic, admittedly a little “extra,” but that’s just who I am!
(HPC); Could you tell us what genre of music Mixtape falls into, in your opinion.
I’d say it’s a modern “Top 40” style pop song, with a slight mix of tropical house. Mixtape differs from my previous record, Beachside in many ways. It still has those recognizable Heather LaRose pop melodies and singalong choruses, but now I know myself a lot better and am writing with a totally confident mentality, which I think really comes through in the music.
(HPC); What’s your songwriting process like? How do you come up with an idea and then record it in the studio?
(HLR); I always seem to get the best new song ideas while I’m driving… there’s something about driving that really frees up your mind – feeling that breeze rushing through your hair while the sun is shining? It’s definitely different every time though: with Mixtape it all started from the moment I got that notification on Facebook, and I just locked myself in my room all day until I finished it. Other times, the chorus or verse will pop into my head and the rest of the song will come to me later. I’m very inspiration driven, and I like to essentially allow the song to write itself.
(HPC); What was it like to work with MTV on your song “New Moon” which was featured on MTV’s show “Teen Wolf”?
(HLR); Pure Teen Wolf magic! I binge watched the third season, and then wrote “New Moon.” I was so honored to hear back from the Music Director and have New Moon featured in the fourth season! And then the Teen Wolf fans are so beautifully intense and interactive, and also gave me a huge boost. They have supported me so much in my career through listening to my music and coming to my shows. I love meeting them at my concerts – they always make really cool posters, it’s awesome!
(HPC); You started in New York’s Westchester area, and now you’re in Los Angeles. What was the transition like?
(HLR); LA is the anti New York, so it’s really funny being out here. People’s personalities are a total 180 from the New York crowd, but I love the artistic community and support here. We all lift each other up and are each other’s friends and fans. It has made the transition much easier knowing I have families on both coasts!
(HPC); Do you have a favorite coast? West coast or East coast?
(HLR); West Coast is the best coast of course! But whenever I’m away from my NY homies I miss them like crazy, but we have these epic snap streaks that go on for months! However, my style of music is totally more West Coast, so it makes sense for me to be out here.
(HPC); Could you talk about your relationship with your mother? Did she help you get to where you are today?
(HLR); My mom is amazing! We are super close – she calls me at least once a day and we talk for hours. She and my father have been my biggest support system throughout my whole life. If I didn’t have their full support about my choices with my career, I would have nothing.
(HPC); It looks like you’ve become quite a social media influencer. How do you use your social media to promote your music?
(HLR); I started out my Instagram posting selfies and promoting shows, and it just expanded from there! My friends all say I talk too much, but I think that really helps with my Instagram account! I love meeting the people who reach out and like my posts. Just last week I met with a group of girls in Manhattan right before a fashion week event I was going to. We had plans to meet up for lunch but I got locked out of the apartment I was staying in so we met up at Union Square’s Forever 21 and they helped me pick out my Fashion Week outfit then grabbed some Chik-fil-A and ran over to the event. Over the years, I’ve become more deliberate about what I post and promote, but I will never stop talking to people who dig my music, fashion, and cool pictures!
(HPC); Is there any musician that you’ve worked with in the past that you learned a lot from?
(HLR); During High School and college at Lagond Music School, I studied with Darryl Tookes and Paul Maddison. They both helped mold and shape my career and taught me so much about performing and the music business.
(HPC); Is there a musician that you’re looking forward to working with in the future?
(HLR); I would love to produce a song with BloodPop – the remix they did for HAIM is amazing! I’m also super obsessed with Justin Beiber’s new tune “Friends.”
(HPC); You have so many interests and talents. You’re in music, and fashion. Any plans to start your own clothing line?
(HLR); Not just yet. But, I’m trying my hand in designing band merch, so I’m super excited to unveil new tees and maybe some more unexpected items…
(HPC); What’s one thing that would surprise people about you?
(HLR); Growing up I loved catching frogs in my backyard and use to pretend to be Steve Irwin (rip) so when I’m older and have a family I want to host a show on Animal Planet and travel the world teaching people about animals.
Thanks for taking your time to speak with us and our readers! Check out Mixtape on YouTube!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 —The 11th annual EcoLuxe Lounge Celebration was held at the Beverly Hilton’s Wilshire Gardens this Emmys weekend.
Celebrity guests at Ecoluxe included Gretchen Rossi, Allen Maldonado, Tara Reid, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Caitlin Carmichael, Dee Wallace-Stone, Donna Spangler,
Heather McComb, Renee Olstead, Slade Smiley and many more!
Debbie Durkin’s Ecoluxe honored 2017 Emmy nominees in support of Autism Changes. Autism changes is a non-profit foundation bringing awareness to autism communities around the world. Funds from the foundations are dedicated to inclusion programs offering behavioral and educational support for children. A new book on Autism has been released, Jose’s Journey to Acceptance by Author and founder of Autism Changes, Dennis Vanesse.
Celebs and Creative-types enjoyed a brunch curated by Chef Alberico’s farm-to-table concept complete with champagne, while Dennis Miller kept the music spinning.
During Eco Luxe Emmy weekend there were many beauty products featured including Zein Obagi. The brand featured its daily skin care products and Ossential pore refining treatments. ZO Skin Health develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies. Through comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients, ZO Skin Health, Inc. bridges the gap between therapeutic treatment and daily care.
Some of the featured brands this year included Chariot Luggage, perfect for your next jet setting adventure! Chariot had many options for luggage including high-tech plastics in a variety of solids and prints. Although travel is important, looking great is too! Good thing many clothing and jewelry designers were on hand this Emmy’s weekend!
A crowd favorite was Liv & B which specializes in using high quality gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, and other metals to enhance the beauty behind every piece. Event goers received beautiful “Madeline” pearl earrings.
Excoluxe lounge by far had the best in beauty, food, and fun this Emmy season. Follow Press Pass LA for the latest in Emmy season coverage.